Over the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a significant increase in the number of people who need vision correcting lenses and contacts lenses. Most of this is due to the increase in computer usage and television watching. If your an optician, then this is good news for you, but isn’t for the people who have to pay to correct their vision.
Just like the rest of our body, our eyes also need regular exercise to keep them healthy. And, if your eyes are regularly exercised, your vision can be greatly improved.
Most people take their eyes for granted, and eventually, unexercised eyes will give up and then corrective lenses are needed for life. But, if you do some simple eye exercises, you will be able to prevent and reduce the need for corrective lenses.
Blinking is an exercise that is overlooked by every person that has eye vision.
People who use the computer a lot or watch a lot of television tend to focus intently on the screens and monitors, which can put a lot of stress on your eyes.
When you are watching television or using the computer, try to take a break every 30 minutes and try to blink frequently. When you blink, your eyes are in a brief period of darkness. And, when you open your eyes, your eyes will be fresh and they will be ready for new information.
Another exercise is palming. Try to sit as comfortable as possible and rub the palms of your hands together until they are warm. Slightly cup your palms and hold them over your eyes without applying pressure on your eyeballs. Repeat this process for several minutes.
Palming gives your mind and eyes a rest, making you feel relaxed, which will put less stress on your eyes.
This next exercise increases the flexibility of the muscles in your eyes and is also very simple. All you have to do is imagine that there is a figure eight about ten feet in front of you and slowly trace it with your eyes. Once you do that for a few minute, trace your eyes around a horizontal figure eight.
Repeat this a few times while taking a short break to blink in between each repetition.
Making you eyes focus on a near and far object is also a great exercise.
To do this, sit or stand in a comfortable position and put your thumb about 10 inches in front of you and focus on it. Now, focus on another object 10-20 feet in front of you. Do this a few times a day, each time you change focus, take nice, deep breath. This also strengthens the muscles in your eyes.
A great exercise to strengthen focusing is zooming. For this exercise, all you have to do is hold your thumb in front of you with your arm fully extended. Then, slowly bring your thumb about 3 inches from your face, focusing on your thumb the entire time. Do this a few time throughout the day for the best results.
With these exercises and a nutritional, eye benefiting diet, you can be on track to forgetting about your corrective lenses or contacts for good.